James Lipton

James Lipton discusses the Oscars, and Bradley Cooper's emotional return to the Actors Studio.

on Mar 3, 20110

Did you watch the Oscars? Inside the Actors Studio was "there," as it is every year. This time five of the nominees, and two of the winners, were Inside the Actors Studio alumni. During the weeks when the Academy voters were marking their ballots, we shot and aired James Franco and Colin Firth, and previously we had shot and aired Natalie Portman, Jeff Bridges, and Mark Ruffalo.

All of them were nominated, James co-hosted the Oscars, and, as you know, Colin and Natalie took home the Best Actor honors. We take a certain amount of pride in this. And the common wisdom in Hollywood is that we're entitled to some of the credit. Some movie studios and PR firms have expressed the view that our show is the most reliable path to the Oscar because of the number of Academy voters who watch it.

Maybe I'm exaggerating our importance, but the fact is that every November the calls and emails start coming in to our office: "Can we get Ms. X or Mr. Y on Inside the Actors Studio during the Academy voting period?" We do everything we can to accommodate them, and they usually win. One year, when the names were announced, it turned out that we had aired all four acting winners, Leading and Supporting, so maybe there's a connection. I hope you'll forgive me for thinking there is.

39 comments
Jacky Finch
Jacky Finch

I'm a regular viewer of the show and can't help thinking that it's not quite as interesting as it used to be - too many interviews with the latest young movie "actor de jour" or even-non actors, and not enough guest with real life and acting experience. Bon Jovi? Elton John? As for Sean Combs - that really was scfaping the barrel. What about actors with real stage & screen experience under their belts? I can thinks of two in particular - Patrick Stewart and Mandy Patkin - I'm sure they'd be fascinating guest

By the way, I just watched a repeat of an interview with Colin Firth - loved it!

Komrad_Tombstone
Komrad_Tombstone

Dear Mr. Lipton,

Love the show. Your interviews are among the most real, heartfelt, and honest, both in terms of the questions you ask and the answers you receive, that I have ever seen. Like yourself, I have been surprised by the responses, answers, and even the demeanours of many of the actors featured on youf show. Thank you for doing this great work, and I hope the show continues for many years to come. I'd like to request that two of the most relevant actors of our era be invited to do your show this season or next: Steve Carell and Will Ferrell (imagine the showdown: James Lipton vs. James Lipton!).

George Kazan
George Kazan

Hello James! QUESTION: Will it be possible for us to see and learn from and about Gary Oldman and Tim Roth? I really hope that these two great-great actors will be invited in your show. Much obliged!

Calvertbill
Calvertbill

James- Several years ago I enjoyed an interview you did with Diane Lane. Does Bravo have any procedure I can go through to be notified if it's rebroadcast?

Metkulu
Metkulu

People you need to interview. Sydney Poitier Daniel Day Lewis. James Earl Jones. Shirley Temple Mickey Rooney. Jim Caveisel Henry Winkler. Robert Wagner Brad Pitt

alex beitashour
alex beitashour

When are your shows televised in california and how come they are not on very often?

alexander beitashour
alexander beitashour

Alrighty then. Watched your show and the interview with Jim Carry was great.

mikael pina
mikael pina

Love your show. I watch it every season. Would love for you to interview Cate Blanchett again now that she has done more films and won an Oscar. Plus she's now an artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company.

Viewer Gail
Viewer Gail

We have been looking forward to the next season of Inside the Actor's Studio. When does it begin airing on Bravo?

SJZ
SJZ

I came across your interview with Johnny Depp by chance earlier this year and was hooked. This weekend I'm having doing a ITAS marathon, watching one interview after another on YouTube. Hoffman, De Niro, Pacino, Newman, Redford. Jim Carrey, Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Berry, Juliette Binoche, Daniel Radcliffe.... and I'll keep going. You are the finest interviewer I have witnessed. Thank you, James.

casmin
casmin

I just wanted to stop by and tell you how much I appreciate your show, and your interview with Bradley Cooper. Of course, this is probably expected coming from a seventeen year old, but I was really touched by his honesty and the relationship you both seemed to share. Since I discovered the show about two years ago, it has been one of my favourites. It just started getting regular programming here in Ireland, so I'm sure it will soon have a lot of Irish fans.

I think it's great that you take the time to read all of the comments, and I hope that one day I'll get to meet you. Who knows, I may even be a future student at Pace :)

Thanks again for a wondeful show.

Robin Batchelor
Robin Batchelor

Dear Mr. Lipton

I have fallen completely in love with your show. You may be a man of short stature, but you have a heart of gold and it is filled with love and respect. Never in my life, however short at 22 years, have I seen anyone as warm, kind and honest as you. Your very presence on the show is so calming and trusting that your guests feel comfortable enough to open up and be so direct and honest.

Words can not express what I want to say, but you have my love and respect.

I hope that Inside the Actor's Studio will go on for many a years with you behind the notes as the host. More dancing, singing, laughing, crying and, maybe most importantly, honesty.

I have a wish, hopes, a prayer, that you will some day host the show and your guests be Hugo Weaving, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Isaacs.

Sincerely Robin Batchelor (Kristiansand, Norway)

alexander beitashour
alexander beitashour

I love the show, and would love to attend a filming. Great show, huge fan!

LizzyT
LizzyT

Hi Mr. Lipton, Glad to know you read these messages. I love the show and would love to see the actor Tim Roth on the show. He's had such a great career with about 50 movies, stage, tv and won many awards for his first directing debut of The War Zone. We tweet to him on Twitter all the time. He's such a great guy and very entertaining. I know the students would learn a lot from him. Thanks, Liz Morse

Mikie
Mikie

I hope someone at Bravo will read this Blog. I have been a fan of Bravo and Inside the Actor's studio for years. I'm terribly disappointed that we don't have more Inside the Actor's studio, so I was thrilled to hear about the interview with Jennifer Aniston! Then I was disappointed that James Lipton, who has been my interviewing hero, fall into treating this accomplished actress as if he were interviewing for People Magazine. James, give us a break! Asking her about how she stays so trim was beneath you and condescending to Aniston! You would have never asked Ben Kingsley or Martin Sheen a question like that. Jennifer deserves the same respect. There were so many more of her movies you could have dissected with her and talked with hermore about her process in preparing for roles. There are still lots of great actors to interview! The integrity of this program is that you always talked about the actors craft. Nothing frivolous, please! How about interviewing Chris Cooper, Frances McDormand, Tom Wilkinson, Jeffery Rush (if you haven't).

Bravo needs some classing up! You used to be one of my favorite channels. Too much Real Housewives and not enough Inside the Actor's Studio. Get creative and get smart...your audience still is or would like to be! Kudos to you for past efforts to provide adult, intelligent programming. Please don't give up on your viewers with continued clap trap. We're HUNGREY for smart programming!

Jennifer from Alabama
Jennifer from Alabama

"Bravo" to you, James Lipton and 'Inside the Actors Studio' on a profoundly amusing and insightful interview with America's sweetheart, Jennifer Anniston. Loved every minute of it! 

Spalsbury
Spalsbury

When researching the 233 episodes of ITAS, I was astounded to see that at least 2 seasons are listed as 'unaired'. I am curious to know why this is.

When can we expect new episodes? I believe the Bravo network has become overrun with 'Real Housewives' and less interested in 'real' Actors. This is a shame. The work you do, and the program you provide is wonderful. Thank you.

Sasha from the OC
Sasha from the OC

Dear James, I really miss seeing Inside the Actor's Studio. I would LOVE (luv!) to purchase the episode with James Franco. I find his focus, humor, and intelligence inspriring. I could watch short clips from your interview but would appreciate the chance to buy the whole enchilada. Can one of my many dreams come true?

Please keep up the good work - you are a delight to watch and I adore your (dry) wit and dead-pan one liners.

Thank you!

g816
g816

James, I hope you interview Julie Andrews next. She's a living legend both in films and stage, your audience especially the aspiring actors will learn a lot from her.

thanks

Classylgs
Classylgs

I was just wondering why you have never asked Julie Andrews to do this show with you? She's a legend and Icon and a great role model and inspiration to any student you have.

Phyllis Apple Viewer
Phyllis Apple Viewer

I just finished your book Inside Inside and you answered the question I have had since I was a teenager and read Oscar Levant's books. I have wondered who was it that kept the arts expanding since the days of the Algonquin. Evidently you are one of the bridges. The thing you should be most proud of is that you have taken the history that was left out between the ending of the Round Table when everyone went to Hollywood in the fifties and the horrible years of McCarthyism and the Golden Age of Hollywood to the years of Jack Paar in the sixties. I personally would like to see a show where James Lipton performs some of the songs he has written and I would like to see the ballet you choreographed Charlot, as well as hear some of the songs from Sheryl. I believe that when Barbara Streisand was on you mentioned a nightclub act at a club in New York, I would like to see some of that. For my whole life I have admired your acting, when I was sick at home from school I watched the Guiding LIght, and your performances in some of the most creative shows of the time. I think An Evening with James Lipton would be as successful an audience draw as any show that some of the big names today could put together because it would start in the time when television was just starting and would showcase today's performers doing your material. Everyone who knows you would jump at the chance to present your material and I for one have always wanted to hear you sing. Sincerely, Phyllis Apple

Viewer in New Jersey
Viewer in New Jersey

I am glad I am not the only one. I have been allover the Bravo website, and their TV schedule and can't find the show listing anywhere. I used to watch this religiously, and was looking forward to the new season but can't find when it is on. I have even scrolled my Bravo listings with my remote guide. Help!

Jeancottrell
Jeancottrell

We in the panhandle of Texas do not seem to able to receive scheduling of the Actors Studio either. I watch any and all TV listings and it is seldom listed and I too, only seem to be able to catch it by accident. If anyone has any suggestions, I would appreciate them.

Matt Pappas
Matt Pappas

Mr. Tipton, I am wondering where I can find a list of the actors that you have interviewed.

Is there anywhere I can find it?

Thanks, Matt Gonic, NH

breben
breben

when will bradley copper interview be on again? your show is a class act love it.

Martha Stockham
Martha Stockham

I so enjoy you Actors Studio. I see it accidentally. There seems to be no scheduled show time in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tim B
Tim B

Mr. Lipton, Why have we never seen any of the last remaining old-school actors interviewed? Have you tried to get Kirk Douglas to appear? It is so sad that Elizabeth Taylor is now gone but wouldn't it have been wonderful to interview her? Have you ever approached Sophia Loren on this? Sir Alec Guinness?

On another question, are there any late, great actors you wish you could have interviewed (Humphrey Bogart?, John Wayne?, Steve McQueen? ...)? So here's an idea for a completely different show: A good actor adopts the persona of a well-known past actor so that you could interview him/her. The subject is allowed generous leeway in responding to questions. The presentation is similar to your current show. (Actually I borrow this idea from a now-defunct Canadian show called Witness To Yesterday where an actor would research and inhabit a known historical figure and then subject him/herself to the scrutiny of an interviewer (Patrick Watson, a well-known Canadian journalist). My favourite example from this series is Samuel Clemens.)

Anywho - just thought I would ask. Cheers, Tim

roamingaround
roamingaround

Bradley Cooper is my new Brad Pitt. After watching this show I have a few found respect for him other than his acting abilities and gorgeous facial features. Thank you Bradley for showing just how human you are. Roam

Ruben Nunez
Ruben Nunez

I can't find your show listed ANYWHERE here in Arizona!! What can I do to get it back up running once a week?? Please help. I see several comments re: not being able to find it....but I don't see any answers. R

Ruben Nunez
Ruben Nunez

How can I find the schedule for your show in Arizona???

Ruben Nunez
Ruben Nunez

I'm as frustrated as everybody in not being able to find your show listed ANYWHERE!! Why?? Please help. I live in Arizona. R

Perk
Perk

Please tell me how to find your show. I use to watch it but lost track of it last year. Now I can't find it on the Bravo schedule. Please reply, I'd like to record the series again.

KG from MA
KG from MA

I too am frustrated in not being able to find the schedule for the show! I saw the clip about Bradley Cooper, looked on my cable schedule and can not even find reruns! What's up with that?? kg

Keys Girl
Keys Girl

Why is it so difficult to find a schedule of upcoming shows?

I watched the Bradley Cooper segment but can't find a listing anywhere of upcoming shows on the Bravo website.

Considering that this is one of the most intelligent shows on television, if not the most, it is very frustrating to not be able to find a schedule that would allow you to look forward to and watch every episode.

Thank you, KG

Hobbits
Hobbits

James:

What a wonderful piece you wrote this past week. As viewers, we often forget where actors get their start or those with the responsibility to vote are also watching. Humble may you be Actor's Studio does set the standard and there is a reason so many nominees and winners have appeared on your show. The quality work that goes into each show is simply amazing and as a tribute to your excellent staff and the school itself, we would welcome an episode showing us how so much information comes together and fits ever so perfectly in a 60 minute segment.

As for Bradley, what an honor. Here sits a young man bravely asking questions and now humbles himself before a new class of students to share the experience. There is always something special about returning home and last night's episode really hit the mark.

Again, thank you for inviting your audience in and for always giving us the very best.

pyzahn
pyzahn

Why can't I find the schedule for Inside Actor's Studio. I've search all over the site. I saw a promo for the Bradly Cooper interview saying it would be on this Sunday, but not according to your schedule or my local listings. Please help. I just want to watch.

Texas Lady
Texas Lady

James - Have been watching Inside the Actors Studio for years......excellent show. It's nice to see the actors be themselves, and we get to know them as regular people, not acting parts. It's entertaining and informative as well. You've had some great guests on......keep up the good work.